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During 'serious discussion,' Haridopolos wrote greeting cards, former senator claims



ot_266214_keel_flgov_5.jpgLongtime legislator and former PSC member Nancy Argenziano pretty much tees off on the state Republican leadership in a Sunday op-ed for her hometown Citrus County Chronicle.

Some excerpts:

On Senate President Mike Haridopolos: "I will not defend the “R” Senate president who stridently squawks for smaller government yet has taken three government salaries — tax paid — ostensibly as a professor; not to teach, but to take three years to write a book on politics, achieving a kindergarten level of literacy of which the college only had one single copy of. 

"I have sat next to this legislator in committees when serious discussion was taking place only to watch him write greeting and birthday cards to his constituents for political purposes, totally oblivious of the discussions going on."

On state Sen. John Thrasher: "Then-Rep. John Thrasher — now a senator — once sat next to me at a committee hearing where I was about to get refunds due SMW Florida Water customers. He told me to kill my other legislation that put more teeth into water utility laws, or he would kill the refund legislation because he was powerful enough to do it. He did. I am not proud that many times when I was doing my job and doing the right thing some Republican leaders who had their own agenda tried to neutralize me, even sending and funding Republican candidates to run against me. These people make it bad for the Republican Party and honest Republicans."

On Speaker Dean Cannon: "They are even fighting the majority of citizens (63 percent) who voted for a ballot initiative for fair districts with our own tax dollars ($50 million).  I cannot be proud to find that the Florida Speaker of the House has hired his own law firm to litigate the Fair Districts amendment challenges. Sheer arrogance."

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 11:18am]


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